Jill, Kaia and I have been planning to get away to the coast for weeks, with our busy lives it took us a bit longer than we had hoped but it was so worth it!
We hit the road at 3pm on Friday and headed to Coolum Seaside Resort to check out our 2 bedroom apartment we had booked for the night, right in the middle of town.
Sandie, the lovely host, welcomed us and we found our spacious apartment tucked away in lush gardens. We quickly checked out the beach right at the end of the road ready for the morning. Kaia was quick to pop open a bottle of sparkling rose on the balcony and we sat down to enjoy the sunset and catch up. Once the sun was set we were up and off to Canteen, a buzzing bar just a block and a half away for cocktails!
Canteen has a funky area out the front where you can lounge on cushions watching the world go by as you sip on your bevvies. We had booked Harvest for dinner, only a 5-minute walk down the road. Everything is close by in Coolum, with bars, restaurants and shopping along the central strip, right across from the beach.
Harvest had been recommended by a few friends and while it wasn’t what we had expected when we arrived, the wine list and entrees surely made up for it. You can read about that here.
After dinner (and dessert) we strolled to The Coolum Hotel. Hot tip: do NOT wear thongs (jandals / flip flops) if you want to get in. With that option out of the way and the knowledge we had another bottle of champagne chilling in the fridge, it was an easy decision to chill out back at the apartment.
A few glasses of bubbles later and some green tea, (could have cooked a feast in the massive kitchen!) it was bed time.
We woke up fresh and hungry, devoured breakfast at My Place, with a view of the beach and great food.
Hitting the pool (one of the three), spa and tennis court were next on the agenda for the getaway. We jumped in the first pool, had a spa and tried out the outdoor shower where a little lizard friend wanted to get in on the action. The next pool and spa were my favourite, right next to the tennis courts so you can watch the game while you soak in the spa and then cool off in the pool. There was a great BBQ area there too, if I was staying another night I would have bought in some food to enjoy poolside with a nice, ice cold beer.
I learnt very quickly that I’m terrible at tennis. Hilariously, I managed to hit three out of our four balls into the pool in about 20 minutes. Amused, I sat the last one out so the girls could have a proper hit without my …. lack of coordination.
There’s a gym and a business centre at the hotel too but they didn’t fit in with our champagne and spa schedule this time. Although I did have good intentions and had packed my runners. Will have to be on my next visit, as I am definitely going back!